Yes. See InDesignSecrets » Blog Archive » Breaking Pages Apart to Bleed Off a Spine and scroll through the comments to find a script by Harbs to automate the task.
Splitting spreads carries all the same risks as moving pages as far as artwork that crosses the spine. Those objects are on either one page or the other in a spread. Have you seen something other than would be explained by an object staying with a page and disappeating from another?
Had a diary job with art supplied by the client as indesign files which needed bleed in the spines. used Harbs' script which i'd used dozens of times before but strange things happened with the text that I just could not explain such as reflow.
Yes his script does what it "says on the jar", but because of a one-off strange instance I tend to err on the side of caution.
Interesting. I've not needed to split spreads often, and I'm not sure I've ever used the script. I bow to your real worl experience, but I wonder if the problem was really the script, or maybe a case of text reflow from changing versions (not necessarily by you) that the script somehow triggered.
I think to have "view spreads as single pages" would be very useful as a view option, for when you just want to scroll through a document and make edits. When the spread view is too wide you have to scroll from side to side as well as down, or keep zooming in and out. And if you want to get a sense of how it's working visuallly then story editor won't do. And obviously we don't want to change the layout settings in order to do this.
@dv8kiwi – you can also use two different layout windows of the same document side by side with different zoom values.
To move synchronously from page to page spread to spread in both layout windows, you could use a set of scripts and apply them to keyboard shortcuts.
See the following blog post (in German) by Gerald Singelmann at:
and here a link for downloading the scripts:
The scripts are from 2009, but should work in InDesign CS5, CS5.5 and CS6.
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Or you could use a set of scripts by Martin Fischer at www.hilfdirselbst.ch where you can move from page to page:
That is changing the layout, so it is not the answer to the question. What is required is to keep the facing pages layout, but to be able to view and work on the document as a vertical column of single pages. This would be particularly useful for landscape layouts.
My PageZoom plugin makes moving to and fro among many pages easier.